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  • Oct 18, 2019
    Soon after conducting the ASAT test in April this year, the Indian government announced that it will set up a new agency called the  Defence Space Agency (DSA) comprising of members from the Army, Navy and Air Force,  and supported by a new research organization known as the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO). This not […]
  • Oct 18, 2019
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    This week, 57 years ago a crisis broke out in the Caribbean that brought the world closest its ever been to all-out nuclear war. In this episode, Shibani Mehta, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan debate the lessons of the confrontation for the future. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • Oct 17, 2019
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    How do countries think about revolutionary changes in the character of war? In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS, and Aditya Ramanathan debate the dynamics driving strategic and military innovations from the gunpowder era to our times. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Oct 16, 2019
    The big decision here is whether or not India wants to share its data with anyone under any circumstances. India recently started sharing maritime data with countries in the Indian Ocean Region. The Information Fusion Centre is actively interacting with the maritime community and has already built linkages with 18 countries and 15 multinational/maritime security […]
  • Oct 16, 2019
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    Nearly 25% of India’s defence expenditure for this year will be used to service the pension bill. Is this sustainable? And how does it impact modernisation? Manoj Kewalramani talks to General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane about their new study which proposes an innovative solution to this problem. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: […]
  • Oct 15, 2019
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    Will China have autonomous cars before the West? Is inflation no longer a worry for emerging markets? And why are the EU and Russia patching up now? Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Utkarsh Narain discuss all this and more in this week’s Reading The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google […]
  • Oct 14, 2019
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    Sweeter than honey and higher than the mountains-that’s how China and Pakistan describe their relationship. But what really drives it? Is it just about containing India or are there other factors involved? Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankap Gurjar about the bonds that shape the China-Pakistan axis. Subscribe and listen to the podcast […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    The hopes of a harmonious, balanced relationship between India and China post-Wuhan have not been realised. In fact, little has changed in the overall trajectory of the Indo-China bilateral relationship of limited co-operation and strategic competition. Therefore, the Mamallapuram summit will make for good optics for both Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, but it is […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping informal summit in Mamallapuram: What can Modi-Xi agree on to call their Mamallapuram meeting a success? Manoj Kewalramani, Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution, was among the discussants. Manoj argued: My expectations from the Modi-Xi summit are very low for mainly two reasons. First, […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover Xi Jinping’s arrival in India for the second informal summit; Imran Khan’s visit to China; Beijing’s announcement of major taxation reforms; the US and China heading towards a partial trade […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
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    Is the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping an empty gesture or a valuable diplomatic initiative? Our China watchers, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join host Aditya Ramanathan to debate the value of such a meeting. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited China last week. Bajwa met the top military commanders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A statement by Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations said, “General Bajwa met General Han Weiguo, PLA Commander Army and General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Regulations and Guidelines on Biosafety of Recombinant DNA Research & Biocontainment 2017 In the recent past, there have two incidents at biodefense facilities – one in the US and one in Russia. More on that in the Its All Controversial section, but it is fair to say that countries which stock or do research on pathogens need […]
  • Oct 10, 2019
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    Delhi and Dhaka signed several agreements during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit, despite concerns about issues like the NRC. Shambhavi Naik talks to Pranav RS, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai about the future of the India-Bangladesh relationship and what it means for India’s approach to regionalism. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Oct 9, 2019
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    Singapore’s anti-fake news law took effect on October 02. Shibani Mehta, Rohan Seth, and Utkarsh Narain talk about what such laws might mean for free speech, dissent, and civil liberties, as well as the dilemmas they pose for big-tech and media companies. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Oct 9, 2019
    While India and China will hold the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping today and tomorrow, events over the past few weeks have dampened the prospects of forward movement on the boundary dispute. The first informal summit between Xi and Modi in Wuhan in 2018 had provided a tentative […]
  • Oct 7, 2019
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    Much has been written about Chinese influence operations undermining democracies and impacting academic freedoms. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar about the instruments China uses to exercise sharp power. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Oct 7, 2019
    Download the Discussion Document in PDF Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping for an informal summit in the coastal town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu in October 2019. The summit is a timely opportunity to address some of the stressors that are fraying the fabric of the Wuhan spirit […]
  • Oct 4, 2019
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    The astonishing multiplayer world of Eve Online allows players to build, trade, become politicians, and wage war on each other. In this episode, Anirudh Kanisetti joins Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what such games reveal about the real world, from the creation of political entities, to economics and strategy. Subscribe and listen to […]
  • Oct 3, 2019
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    Is military jointness good? Or should each service should be allowed to formulate its own strategy? Are there any lessons for India from the military reforms in China? Manoj Kewalramani discusses with Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Oct 2, 2019
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    The Railway Board Chairman has recently announced plans to allow 150 private trains into the railway network. What really needs to be done to improve the quality and availability of rail transport? Nitin Pai joins Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane to figure out the implications. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google […]
  • Oct 1, 2019
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    India’s economy is in doldrums, but the way out is unclear. Nitin Pai and Anupam Manur join Pranay Kotasthane to discuss the options, from sweeping reforms to sensible taxation. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Oct 1, 2019
    The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) received an upgrade last week when the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan, India and the US met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Quad was conceived in 2007 to address the unconventional threats in the Asia-Pacific region. But China viewed this grouping as a ganging-up of […]
  • Oct 1, 2019
    The PRC celebrated its 70th anniversary today, with much pomp and pageantry in Beijing. President Xi Jinping delivered a brief and rather underwhelming speech, emphasising the unity, development and strength of the PRC. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. Socialist China is standing in front of the world. No force can […]
  • Sep 30, 2019
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    The People’s Republic of China is celebrating its 70th anniversary on October 1st, 2019. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Pranay Kotasthane about China’s tumultuous journey and its uncertain future. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    दर वर्षी ३० सप्टेंबर हा दिवस ‘आंतरराष्ट्रीय अनुवाद दिवस’ म्हणून साजरा केला जातो. अनुवाद ही खरे तर मूळ लेखनाइतकीच सर्जनशील कृती असते. चांगले अनुवादक हे दोन भाषांमध्ये आणि परिणामी दोन समाजांमध्ये पूल बांधण्याचे, सहकार्याच्या कक्षा रुंदावण्याचे व संवाद साधण्याचे काम करत असतात. अनुवादामुळेच उत्तमोत्तम साहित्यकृती भाषा-प्रदेश-संस्कृती-राष्ट्र-काळ यांनी घातलेल्या मर्यादांच्या पलीकडे पोहोचतात. अनुवादित साहित्याचा प्रभाव एखाद्या […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question: Does India-Pakistan sparring at UNGA bring any diplomatic benefit for either country? India does not gain anything by sparring with Pakistan at the UNGA. In fact, for a major power like India engaging in a war of words with Pakistan actually diminishes its status, re-hyphenates it with Pakistan, and demonstrates […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) has submitted its latest research report to the US Congress on China Naval Modernisation: Implications for US Navy Capabilities- Background and Issues for Congress. The report claims that China’s military modernisation, including its naval modernisation, has become a top concern for the US. China has been steadily modernising its navy for the past 25 […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover Chinese ambassador to India Sun Weidong’s engagement with the Indian media; China’s new white papers on human rights and the new era; Chinese engagement in South Asia and a return […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
    Scientific Social Responsibility The Ministry of Science and Technology has released draft guidelines for the inclusion of Scientific Social responsibility (SSR) on the lines of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated scientific social responsibility for leading scientific institutions to “promote scientific excellence in all stakeholders, including educational institutions”. (Read more) Mosquito vs Mosquito Not many people are […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
    India’s controversial military doctrine is of limited use in a clash with Pakistan and should stay cold and underplayed. India’s military should privilege development of a military capability that allows for causing destruction without posturing. Long-range firepower from air, land and sea platforms provide more promise for retribution under the nuclear shadow than IBGs that, […]
  • Sep 27, 2019
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    We all know what cryptocurrency is and how it can be used. But how does it really work? On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Utkarsh Narain to undertand the A to Z of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Sep 26, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s indirect endorsement of President Donald Trump for the White House is a calculated risk. India’s gains from the US in the next few months would determine the merit of this endorsement. But an unapologetic India doesn’t care about its grand old foreign policy’s dogmatic values and principles. Read More…
  • Sep 26, 2019
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    Will lethal autonomous weapon systems make future crises more dangerous? And how does information gerrymandering help vested interests divide and rule populations? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Indian PM’s Howdy Modi event in Houston: Is it smart diplomacy for PM Modi to align himself with Donald Trump’s campaign in Houston? Whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endorsement of US President Donald Trump at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event should be termed smart diplomacy depends on its […]
  • Sep 25, 2019
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    The UN General Assembly has been debating climate change, but what are the practical measures countries like India can take? Manoj Kewalramani joins Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane to assess the options. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 24, 2019
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    Download the Discussion Document in PDF India’s burgeoning defence pensions expenditure is unsustainable and begs immediate action. Starting with the Kargil Review Committee, many solutions have been mooted over the last two decades to address this problem but none of them have fructified. Meanwhile, the expenditure has ballooned after the implementation of the One Rank […]
  • Sep 24, 2019
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    Download the Advisory in PDF This policy advisory contains recommendations and comments in response to the draft National Guidelines for Gene Therapy Product Development and Clinical Trials released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in consultation with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) in July 2019. We […]
  • Sep 24, 2019
    RBI recently came up with a Draft Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox in financial technology. For context, a sandbox is a framework that allows testing of innovations by private firms in a controlled environment. As far as developments in the fintech regulation space go, this is a good one. A sandbox allows players to run […]
  • Sep 24, 2019
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    What’s happening in the world with changing climate? Did Iran really attack Saudi Arabia? And what is Netanyahu’s future? Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Utkarsh Narain talk about all this and more in this week’s Reading the Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 23, 2019
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    Prime Minister Modi kicked off his week-long visit to the United States with a massive event in Houston. Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai discuss the implications of the rally for US-India relations and Indian-Americans. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Over the last week, I’ve been absolutely geeking out over massively multiplayer online worlds. In India, our conception of an online world – and what people can do in them – is generally social media-centric. Social media is a rich experience of its own, but people on social media are generally somewhat limited in terms […]
  • Sep 20, 2019
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    With India’s automobile industry skidding off the growth path, Anupam Manur joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what ails the sector and what can be done about it. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    The People’s Republic of China’s 70th foundation anniversary is less than two weeks away. But China has already stepped up the intensive rehearsal for its 70th anniversary’s National Day Parade. The focus of the parade this year will be on the weapons that are developed after 2012.  President Xi came to power in late 2012, and since then, he […]
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover all the buzz heading into the second Modi-Xi informal summit; China’s GDP slowing below 6%; Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Russia; the US reconsidering HK’s special status and much more… […]
  • Sep 19, 2019
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    With US-Taliban talks frozen for now, what will it take to create a lasting peace that secures India’s interests? In this special episode, Sumeer Bhasin, a businessman with deep experience in the country gives Sankalp Gurjar and Aditya Ramanathan an insider’s view of the struggle for peace. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Sep 19, 2019
    The Indian government’s own disastrous experience with bans of various substances and services in the past should categorically advise it against such a move in the future. Yet, it is planning to go down the same route again with the case of “e-cigarettes” also known as Electronic Nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). A ban on ENDS, […]
  • Sep 18, 2019
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    Last week’s attack on Saudi oil facilities highlights the threat to India’s hydrocarbons supplies. Manoj Kewalramani and Sankalp Gurjar join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what the dramatic attack means for India and the region. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 17, 2019
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    Has Huawei made a peace offering to the US? Is Silicon Valley on the brink of discovering the secret to immortality? And how does our perception of people affect our judgement of them? Find out this and more in today’s podcast on Reading the Economist, with Rohan Seth, Shambhavi Naik, and Pranav RS. Subscribe and […]
  • Sep 17, 2019
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    In the context of India, honey-trappers usually try to extract information or spread fake news. There is still evidence of the adversary breaking into the top-level. That, however, is no reason for India’s intelligence community to not break out of the status quo. If anything is to be learnt from the 26/11 experience, intelligence agencies must stay […]
  • Sep 16, 2019
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    How much power does the newly announced digital currency Libra give Facebook? What will be the geopolitical implications? To understand the fallout, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Rohan Seth and unpack the case. Rohan’s Op-ed: www.ozy.com/opinion/lack-of-con…y-no-to-libra/96542 Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    The Indian government has made no secret of its interest in harnessing the power of AI. Over recent years, NITI Aayog has come up with a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion designated an AI task force which came up with its own report, the interim budget earlier this […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
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    What is it like to be a podcaster in India? Our own podcasters – Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan – sit down with Amit Doshi and Kavita Rajwade, co-founders of IVM Podcasts, to find out. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover the frictions in the Sino-Indian relationship ahead of the second informal summit; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing; the Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral meeting; the issuance of new Internet rules in […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    An inter-ministerial committee led by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has proposed that holding cryptocurrency in India be made illegal. Directly or indirectly investing, trading, or exchanging foreign cryptocurrencies could lead to a prison sentence for up to 10 years or a fine up to ₹25 crores. The committee’s argument is that banning cryptocurrencies […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    The Big Story: China-India Faceoff: Pangong Tso   Border tensions between China and India flared-up once again. A face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers began on the northern bank of the 134-km long Pangong Tso. The lake extends from Tibet to Ladakh with China controlling two-thirds of it. The Indian army troops were patrolling on the northern bank of […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    The Nandan Nilekani-led committee on digital payments made its recommendations to the government recently. The report talks about a multitude of issues, including international expansion of RuPay cards, increasing digital payment acceptance at scale, and a revised outlook towards KYCs. One of the most fundamental things the report talks about is the need for an […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Assisted Reproductive Technologies News of a 74 year old woman giving birth to twins has elicited mixed responses. A few years ago, a couple in their 70s also resorted to ART to conceive and obtain a child. The debate has brought into discussion the applications of assisted reproductive technologies and its use in geriatric persons. With the background […]
  • Sep 12, 2019
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    How would a smart policymaker tackle the problems of pollution and traffic law violations? Rohan Seth, Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur discuss in the context of the recently announced amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 11, 2019
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    Negotiations for the massive Asia-Pacific trade deal, RCEP, are in their final phase. Rohan Seth, Anupam Manur, and Manoj Kewalramani debate the pros and cons of the potential agreement for India. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 10, 2019
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    Why does Bashar al-Asad’s regime have a new lease of life? How will militaries use artificial intelligence? And what is the legacy of Robert Mugabe? Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Rohan Seth talk about all this and more on this week’s edition of Reading The Economist. Sankalp’s article in Marathi: tiny.cc/sankalp-on-mugabe Subscribe and listen to the […]
  • Sep 9, 2019
    Indian regulations actively discourage private space companies. In this special episode Dr Ranjana Kaul, an expert on space law and policy, and Narayan Prasad, an entrepreneur, tell us what the country needs to do take its space capabilities into higher orbits. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any […]
  • Sep 8, 2019
    एकेकाळी साऱ्या देशाच्या आशावादाचे प्रतीक झालेला नेता अनैतिक सत्ताकांक्षेपायी साऱ्या देशाला कसे वेठीस धरतो याचे मूर्तिमंत उदाहरण म्हणून झिम्बाब्वेच्या रॉबर्ट मुगाबे यांचे नाव घेता येईल. झिम्बाब्वेवर ३७ वर्षे सत्ता गाजवलेल्या मुगाबे यांचे ६ सप्टेंबरला वयाच्या ९५ व्या वर्षी निधन झाल्यावर त्यांच्याविषयी फारशी काही सहानुभूती दाटून आलेली दिसत नाही. उलट त्यांच्या देशातील बहुसंख्य जनतेने सुटकेचा निश्वासच सोडला असावा. असे […]
  • Sep 6, 2019
    The Big Story: India-China: PLA across Land and Sea PLA in Arunachal Pradesh PTI reports that the Chinese Army has intruded in Arunachal Pradesh. These claims were based on the statements of Tapir Gao, BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh. Mr Gao claimed that the PLA had made incursions into Indian territory last month and built a bridge over […]
  • Sep 6, 2019
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    For the first time in history, humanity can take shortcuts to the many destinations of natural evolution. On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Ganesh Chakravarthi about Transhumanism and the future of humanity. Read the essay here: https://takshashila.org.in/the-evolution-of-synthetic-thought/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Sep 5, 2019
    China’s defence white paper 2019 reiterates the importance of Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan for China. The white paper highlights China’s concerns on Taiwan. But it implies a certain lessening of its worries on Xinjiang and Tibet compared to the past. Read more…
  • Sep 5, 2019
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    How does China coerce without nuclear weapons? Will emerging technologies weaken existing security guarantees? And why do bystanders help strangers in trouble? Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 4, 2019
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    The government has a draft ordinance proposing a ban on electronic cigarettes. Anupam Manur tells Rohan Seth and Aditya Ramanathan why that’s a terrible idea. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 3, 2019
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    What explains the spurt in national airlines in Africa? How is the EU attempting to jump-start its tech ecosystem? How will competition between Japan and South Korea impact East Asia? Anirudh Kanisetti., Pranav R.S. and Shibani Mehta discuss all this and more from this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    e-cigarettes: To ban or not ban?  Last week US health officials reported what could be the country’s first death linked to vaping. The officials said that an adult patient in Illinois, who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping, had died and that they considered it the first death in the US linked to e-cigarettes. The debate […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
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    How and why do some polities endure, while others shatter? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan explore the medieval Deccan in search of answers. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    With the developments in Kashmir and the economy dominating so much of the national discussion, it can be hard to keep track of what is happening about tech policy. One thing that might slip through the cracks are the changes in the Data Protection Bill. According to a recent report by Medianama, the ministry of […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    China announced that it will hold a grand celebration followed by a military parade and mass pageantry on its National Day, October 1 at Tiananmen Square, Beijing. This is to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The South China Morning Post reports that China is planning to make its strategic nuclear missiles […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover changes in China’s economic policies, the World AI Conference in Shanghai, the visits of Rodrigo Duterte, Javad Zarif and Abdulla Aripov, the trade war and much more… I. In China […]
  • Aug 29, 2019
    Download the Essay in PDF The world has never been enough. At least for us, humans. The endeavour to become more than what we are lies at the heart of human civilisation. We have overcome challenges of nature, obstacles of time, physical and mental impediments. Perhaps nothing reflects the culmination of this collective zeal to […]
  • Aug 29, 2019
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    Does Iran’s space programme have a military purpose? Has CPEC brought Pakistan’s provinces together? And how do countries demonstrate military power in peacetime? Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 28, 2019
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    What is the role of private corporations in society? Why is there a spike in British universities’ student intake? And what makes leopard seals so interesting? Manoj Kewalramani, Rohan Seth and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more on this week’s edition of Reading the Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Aug 27, 2019
    It is hard to associate Facebook and most of Big Tech with anything positive right now. Privacy breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal led the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fine Facebook $5bn. The fine was a joke. FTC’s decision was seen to be so weak that Facebook’s stock actually rose in the wake of the levy. […]
  • Aug 26, 2019
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    China’s “whole of nation” approach to statecraft gives it a variety of economic and political tools with which it can further its diplomatic and military objectives. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 23, 2019
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    What’s it like for policy wonks to work in Bengaluru instead of Delhi? In this fun episode, Aditya Ramanathan talks to Prachi Misra, Rohan Seth and Utkarsh Narain about their good, bad, and plain unexpected experiences of moving. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Indian PM’s France visit: Modi-Macron embrace: Does India have permanent friends or is every alliance strategic? My response: There are no friends, let alone permanent friends when it comes to international relations. Anthropomorphism in international conduct can lead us to incorrect assumptions and solutions. So, Russia is […]
  • Aug 23, 2019
    The Big Story: South China Sea Showdown The China-Vietnam showdown in the South China Sea has now escalated. It started in the first week of July when Haiyang Dizhi 8, a Chinese survey vessel began surveying sea beds in the north-eastern part of the Vanguard Bank, which falls within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Chinese coastguards and maritime […]
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover the UNSC meeting on Kashmir, tensions between China and Vietnam, the protests in Hong Kong, developments in the Sino-US trade war and much more… I. Kashmir at UNSC Closed door […]
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Taxation and regulation is slowly catching up with technology: India is now preparing a framework to tax Big Tech companies. India’s desire to do so is part of a global pattern. Earlier this year, France came up with a proposition to tax Google, Facebook, and Amazon. India following suit will lead to broader international consequences with a combination […]
  • Aug 21, 2019
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    On Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would soon have a chief of defence staff. General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss why the new appointment is critical and what more needs to be done. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 20, 2019
    ThePrint’s daily roundtable Talkpoint posed a question related to PM Modi’s conversation with US President Trump on the latter’s offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue. The question was: Is PM Modi allowing Trump to play policeman in India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir? My response: Policeman is an incorrect metaphor to use. The act of policing involves ensuring compliance with an […]
  • Aug 20, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to PM Modi’s conversation with US President Donald Trump on the Kashmir issue since the abrogation of Article 370 visit: Is PM Modi allowing Trump to play policeman in India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir? My response: Policeman is an incorrect metaphor to use. The act of policing involves ensuring compliance with an underlying rule of law. […]
  • Aug 19, 2019
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    Various indicators strongly suggest India’s economy is in trouble. Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur talk about India’s economic challenges and some possible solutions. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    The main advantage of NFU is that it minimises the probability of nuclear use. This is so because it enhances the possibility of containing the crisis before the point of no return when miscommunications, misjudgement, misperception or the fog of war may force either power to go first. Instead, if both are NFU powers, there […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
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    The 21st century isn’t the first time China has been embroiled in a trade war. 1000 years ago, the Chola dynasty of South India attacked Southeast Asia because of the Chinese economy. How? Why? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The Big Story: Hong Kong Saga Continues, Will China intervene? The Hong Kong protests have entered its tenth week. The protesters started swarming the international airport last week, demanding greater democracy in Hong Kong. It soon turned ugly as hundreds of protesters turned on an “undercover police officer” and a reporter from the Global Times. This prompted the Hong Kong police […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products!  The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India” from all the stakeholders- government agencies, institutions, industry/researchers engaged in research & development in Nanobiotechnology. It is requested that comments/observations pertaining to the same may be conveyed positively […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The eleven-week-long protest movement in Hong Kong has reached a critical phase. Earlier this week, thousands of protesters converged on the city’s airport, paralysing operations and disrupting nearly 1,000 flights. The airport was finally cleared on Thursday after clashes between riot police and the protesters. The scenes of chaos played out as the top leadership […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we focus on the Indian foreign minister’s visit to Beijing, the resilience of China’s tech giants, signs of economic weakness in China while Xi strengthens political education and the new moves that […]
  • Aug 15, 2019
    If you have nuclear missiles to deter your enemy, you’d better be ready to launch them first. Weapons like that must be a great way to get what you want in international relations, right? Wrong. We think conventional nuclear wisdom should be turned on its head. The only sensible strategic choice with nukes is what […]
  • Aug 14, 2019
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    What does the dramatic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir’s status last week mean for India? Nitin Pai, General Prakash Menon and Anand Arni debate the problems, opportunities, and prospects. Takshashila’s discussion document: takshashila.org.in/takshashila-dis…he-way-forward/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    By the Takshashila Geostrategy Programme Download the Slidedoc in PDF ​Post Article 370 scenario: A worsened security situation in Jammu and Kashmir abetted by Pakistan, exacerbated by the absence of legitimate political channels, a weak economic infrastructure, and an inadequate administrative capacity. Further, this situation is unlikely to change for the better over the next two […]
  • Aug 13, 2019
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    A brewing Sino-US currency war, the challenge of space debris and Brexit’s impact on consumers. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this week’s edition of “Reading The Economist”. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    The original terms of references for the FFC themselves were contentious. Based on the wrong assumption that the last Finance Commission was overly generous towards the states, the terms were designed to nudge the FFC towards reducing the tax devolution to the states in order to meet the requirements of central schemes of the Union […]
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Streaming services are cataloguing the entire world’s audiovisual content onto their platforms. If you had told someone ten years ago that most of the world’s movies and TV shows would be available on demand in their pocket they would have given you a patronising look of disbelief. If at present of the streaming industry is […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
    China has started mass production of Yun Feng Zhongcheng, a hypersonic surface to surface cruise missile. The missile has a range of 1500-2000 km. Chinese Academy of Science ‘Qingtian Project Room’ (青田项目室) is responsible for the research and development, and mass production of this missile. The Yun Feng medium-range missile is different from the typical ballistic […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover: China’s reaction to the scrapping of Article 370; India gets a warning on Huawei; Xi heads to Beidaihe; an escalation in Hong Kong’s protests and much more. I. The Kashmir Reaction It took a while, […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
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    Privacy is dying. But can we use data as a bargaining chip with the tech behemoths? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth debate the options. Rohan’s op-ed: theprint.in/opinion/privacy-is-…aining-chip/267743/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 8, 2019
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    From Confucius and Sun Tzu to Han Fei Zi, China has been home to many great strategists. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about China’s strategic culture and how it impacts present-day foreign policy. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 7, 2019
    Things are looking bleak for the Indian economy. GDP growth in the latest quarter was a subdued 5.8 per cent, unemployment levels are at record highs, the fiscal deficit numbers projected in the Budget are suspect and presumed to be larger, export growth hit a 41-month low in June this year, and growth in the […]
  • Aug 7, 2019
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    In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about the US-China trade war, its implications for India, and how China perceives it. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 6, 2019
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    The burning Arctic, how China pursues diplomatic victory with chairs, the promise of making electricity from moisture, and the bloody history of the mosquito. Manoj Kewalramani, Shambhavi Naik, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss all these and more in this week’s edition of Reading the Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Aug 5, 2019
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    What does the evolution of China’s political economy have in common with European dominance of sea-based trade in the 18th-19th centuries? They challenge our notion of what is modern, and what the future might look like. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
    The Big Story: PLA Warns Hong Kong Protesters As the political crisis in Hong Kong intensifies, the People’s Liberation Army released a video showing footage of anti-riots exercise. The video, posted on social media, begins by a PLA soldier shouting, “All consequences are at your own risk.” Chen Daoxing, Major General, PLA Hong Kong Garrison, […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
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    The Cold War-era INF Treaty died this week. In its wake, we might see a new arms race fuelled by international tensions and technology. Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Anirudh Kanisetti about what the future holds and we can do about it. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
    A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. Gene Therapies – Finally!  After nearly two years of holding a discussion on guidelines for gene editing for human interventions, ICMR has released a 100 page draft guideline for gene therapies. The document was open for public consultation for about one week […]
  • Aug 1, 2019
    Download the doctrine here. In the 21st century, India faces challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity that necessitate new ways of thinking about national security. We propose that yogakshema, an idea pioneered in the Arthashastra , should be the guiding light of India’s national security doctrine. Simply put, the State must provide security, kshema, and […]
  • Aug 1, 2019
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    In this episode on Politics of Afghanistan, Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the latest developments in the ongoing talks between the US and Taliban. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 31, 2019
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    On this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to N. Jayaram, a veteran journalist who’s reported on China for decades. They talk about China’s transformation since the 1980s, the future of Taiwan and the fate of Hong Kong. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Tech firms offer services in exchange, but the government will argue it needs your data for national security. Why not trade it then. This year, Google bought Nest. Why was the world’s biggest search engine acquiring a thermostat company? Because through Nest, Google will get to know what temperature you prefer in your home, or […]
  • Jul 30, 2019
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    BoJo’s plans to make Britain Great, Trump devaluing the dollar and the worry about zombie trees. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 29, 2019
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    Andhra is seeking to reserve jobs for locals, while the Modi government is proposing modest labour reforms.India is still a long way from freeing up its labour markets. To understand the opportunity costs, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Manoj Kewalramani. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Jul 28, 2019
    American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire against America. From the dark of orbital space, satellites are sending back images of massive smoke clouds rising from the Arctic region. The smoke – […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the new defense white paper; new Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s agenda; Xi’s reform meeting; Li Peng dies; Bank of Jinzhou’s financial woes; US-China talks in Shanghai and much more… I. India-China Relations – Sun Takes Charge: China’s […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    China on Wednesday published its first defence white paper in four years, outlining the strategic military guideline for what it terms as a new era. The document offers an insight into Beijing’s view of the changes in the international security situation. It discusses China’s defence policy objectives, along with the reform, missions and tasks that […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    By Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon An edited version of this essay appeared first in the India Foundation Journal Vol. VII Issue No. 4, July-August, 2019 Download the Essay in PDF Unity in diversity provides utmost strength for India’s national developmental process. But diversity also begets divergent perspectives that shelter narrow interests and are naturally […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
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    Artificial intelligence poses a mortal threat to the privacy of our data, but there may be some ways to ameliorate the problem. Rohan Seth, Manoj Kewalramani, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 25, 2019
    In recent years, there has been a great buzz around the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what that might mean for the Indian economy. On the government’s side, Niti Aayog has come up with a national strategy on AI; the Ministry of Commerce has set up an AI task force. A ‘National Centre of […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
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    If one were to chart the arc of geopolitical competition over the past 100 years, one can identify four primary sources of contention – land, people, natural resources, and now, the commanding heights of new technologies. At the heart of the current competition lies data – the fuel that will power future innovation. We generate […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
    The Big Story: China’s Defence White Paper China released its first defence white paper since 2015 on Wednesday. The State Council Information Office conducted a press conference to release the document. The paper, titled ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era,’ is the first such document since the PLA reforms began under President Xi in […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
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    China has released its first Defense White Paper after four years, the first since its latest military reform. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Suyash Desai unpack everything that’s been said in the new document. (The Defense White Paper was released on Wednesday, 24 July.) Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Jul 24, 2019
    At least 12 farmers have been booked in Maharashtra for planting banned genetically modified (GM) cotton and brinjal seeds.Undeterred by this, farmers have been protesting the blockade of new technologies that could aid farming. This movement has elicited mixed responses from farmer groups — some support the idea; others oppose the introduction of GM technologies […]
  • Jul 24, 2019
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    With India’s ambitious plans to catalogue human genomes set to get underway, Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to unpack the opportunities and perils involved. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 23, 2019
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    Does Imran Khan’s meeting with Donald Trump on Monday herald an upswing in US-Pakistan ties? General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to make sense of Khan’s visit and what it means for India and Afghanistan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 22, 2019
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    China has reportedly struck a secret deal to set up a naval base in Ream, Cambodia. Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what that means for India and the region. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 22, 2019
    The US Department of Defense (DOD) released its first ever Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) in the first week of June. The report outlines Washington’s approach in dealing with various stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region. It identifies China as one of the most important challenges to the US, noting that great-power competition has returned and threatens […]
  • Jul 21, 2019
    Bottom line is that it would now be misleading to say that the Indian government does not have a vision in tech policy. It is one step forward from our late 2017 vision. Up until 2018, one would have been hard-pressed to identify whether India had any coherent intent regarding its technology policy. There were […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
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    As DNA testing becomes cheaper, more countries and societies are starting to use it to tackle congenital disorders – the latest being Nigeria. How might such policies work in India? Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    The Arthashastra is possibly the most important texts on strategy and statecraft ever written in the Indian subcontinent. But almost every study of it today tends to fit it into Realism, a school of international experience grounded in Western historical and philosophical experiences. I review Deepshikha Shahi’s Kautilya and non-Western IR Theory and find some interesting insights on how […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover developments along the LAC, the possibility of a Xi-Modi summit in Varanasi, China’s warning on the Dalai Lama, the trade war, how BRI is stumbling in South Asia and much more… I. Talks & Transgressions The […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    The Big Story: China, US and Taiwan China conducted military drills along its southeast coast on Sunday. This was after the US State Department approved the sale of arms worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan last week. The PLA announced that the military exercises were conducted of China’s “southeast coast” (the Taiwan Strait) and involved […]
  • Jul 18, 2019
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    Is France’s recently announced the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon)tax a viable model for taxing the tech giants? Is it something that India could implement? Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth delve into this issue on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 17, 2019
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    India can manage its chronic water crisis. But doing so will require it to out a price on water. Anupam Manur, Nitin Pai talk to Aditya Ramanathan about this issue. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 17, 2019
    The stakes concerning jurisdiction over data have never been higher. There is a global discourse today on the future of data that was recently brought into the news cycle by the U.S. government. The Trump administration was mulling over capping H-1B visas to deter India’s rules on data centers. There is a sense perhaps that data […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
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    Do travelers in Antarctica annoy penguins? Is there a global recession coming? And does happiness make you vote better? Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more in this week’s reading of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion that it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria, whose government remains under EU sanctions. The UK says […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    The Union budget speech invites a lot of attention in India. However, it is far more useful to look at the budget statements that get released on the day the speech is read out in the Parliament. Comparing the vision articulated in the budget speech with the promised allocations in these statements separate the wheat […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was: what do you think/perceive of India’s record in strengthening and promoting democracy in its region and across other parts of the world? Do you see […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    There are other major deficiencies in the competition law when it comes to understanding internet companies, Manur said. “Without establishing that a company is dominant, the CCI cannot take any action. But we haven’t clearly defined what the relevant markets are for internet companies. Are Ola and Uber the two largest cab companies? Or are […]
  • Jul 15, 2019
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    A political storm is brewing in Sri Lanka over military agreements with the United States like SOFA and ASCA. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan examine the causes of the controversy and its ramifications. for the region. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    I. Numbers, Lethargy & Libra Chinese president Xi Jinping convened a high-level meeting on Tuesday to discuss Party-building in central Party and state institutions. If you’d forgotten who is boss in the Party-state system, Xi had a not-so-subtle reminder. He said state “institutions should actively respond to what the CPC Central Committee advocates, implement what it decides, […]
  • Jul 12, 2019
    The US State Department has proposed potential arms sale worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan. The first package of arms would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, M2 Chrysler Mount machine guns, M240 machine guns, M88A2 HERCULES vehicles and M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporters. This package is reportedly valued at an estimated US$ 2 billion. The second package would include 250 […]
  • Jul 11, 2019
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    The Lok Sabha is deliberating the DNA Technology Regulation Bill – a legislation that, though ostensibly meant to lay down guidelines for the usage of DNA in judicial procedures, also raises serious privacy and implementation concerns. Dr Shambhavi Naik joins Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti to explore the nuances of the Bill. Subscribe and listen […]
  • Jul 9, 2019
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    How could the world address the water crises? How is Brexit going and who are the key players in Libya today? Anupam Manur, Gayatri Ganpule and Manoj Kewalramani discuss this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 8, 2019
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    On this special episode of All Things Policy, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani have a fascinating conversation with Times of India’s diplomatic editor Indrani Bagchi on how India’s diplomacy really works. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 5, 2019
    The Big Story: China’s Missile Test in South China Sea The NBC reports that China has fired at least one anti-ship ballistic missile this week in the South China Sea. The missile was launched from the areas around contested Spratly Island. The report attributed this information to two anonymous US military officials with knowledge of […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Twenty years on, can the Kargil war offer us lessons for more recent India-Pakistan crises? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar critique three new articles on Kargil and the Pulwama crisis. Links to the Papers: twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/BellMcdonald.pdf twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Pegahi.pdf twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Rej.pdf Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Over the last two weeks, Georgians have been out on the streets in possibly the largest wave of protests in the country’s recent history. And, like with so many former Soviet Republics, these protests are directed at Russia. In this week’s Third Rome, I aim to understand the history of this region and its troubled relationship with […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover US-China trade war talks; India’s deliberations on Huawei and 5G; Xi’s meetings with world leaders; Li Keqiang’s pledge for reform and opening up and much more. I. India-China Relations RIC in Osaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was […]
  • Jul 4, 2019
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    Did America’s policy of engagement with China really fail? How does military technology affect domestic politics? And can publicity really help stop lynchings? Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk about studies that have intrigued them. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 3, 2019
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    Trump’s offer to Modi, South Asia’s social divisions, and a Swatchh Russia initiative. All of this and more discussed by Gayatri Ganpule, Manoj Kewalramani and Samir Kumar on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 2, 2019
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    In a surprise move, Donald Trump became the first sitting American president to enter North Korea. What does the future hold for Kim Jong-un and his nuclear weapons? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar discuss this and the long-term implications. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • Jul 1, 2019
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    How did Trump and Xi negotiate a trade war ceasefire at the G20 summit? Can Turkey purchase S400s without sanctions imposed on them? To help us navigate through all the outcomes of the G20, Manoj Kewalramani, Samir Kumar and Shambhavi Naik break it down on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Jun 29, 2019
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    Seven of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons maintain a first-use posture. But is first-use a viable option? Is it even credible? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S., Shambhavi Naik and Shibani Mehta tear apart the first-use argument in this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Cross-border flow is the basic life-blood of data. When information is isolated, it loses its potential to become knowledge and becomes increasingly vulnerable to breaches. Moreover, India might currently not even have the infrastructure to store its own data.More often than not, data is jeopardised by inadequate supporting infrastructure rather than malevolent threats. A key […]
  • Jun 28, 2019
    The Big Story: Security Review Commission’s Hearing on China’s Military The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission conducted a hearing on ‘Assessing China’s Global Military Ambitions,’ on June 20th, 2019. Serving officers, researchers and scholars working on the PLA, were deputed as a panel before the commission. The purpose of the hearing was to assess […]
  • Jun 27, 2019
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    The Indian government announced that it will set up the Defence Space Agency (DSA) and the Defence Space Research Organization (DSRO), kick-starting its military space program. What should be our next step and how do we conceptualize space warfare to begin with? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Nitin Pai dwell on these sky-high issues on […]
  • Jun 26, 2019
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    Can Mike Pompeo’s visit to India help manage rising differences between the two countries? And are domestic constituencies in both countries adding to the troubles? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay Kotasthane and Samir Kumar delve into all these topics in today’s episode. pragati.nationalinterest.in/wp-content/…unityed.pdf Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • Jun 25, 2019
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    Huawei has announced it would be willing to provide India telecom equipment without “back doors”. Is this a feasible idea? How should India treat the data of its citizens? Anirudh Kanisetti, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth weigh in. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 24, 2019
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    Have human and societies become less violent? Are digital wallets ever good for the economy? Have we been measuring national power the wrong way for centuries? Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Pranay Kotasthane have rather strong opinions about these difficult questions in this episode of All Things Policy. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: […]
  • Jun 24, 2019
    After winning re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for his first multilateral engagement. India has used the 2019 Bishkek summit to balance its approach between conflicting interests of the US and China. It stands to gain from the SCO’s peace process in Afghanistan, the decision to use local currencies […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
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    What does the history of the Indian subcontinent teach us about maritime power and the behavior of sea-states? For that matter, why and what is a sea-state? Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti have a grand time geeking out over naval history and theory to answer these questions. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the SCO and CICA meetings, India’s approach to Huawei, discussions around the RCEP deal, the World Bank’s new report on BRI, the US-China trade war and much more. I. SCO & CICA Over the weekend, SCO […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
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    Download the Discussion Document in PDF Six out of the eight nuclear weapons states have not ruled out first use of nuclear weapons. This document examines why states choose first use policies and the challenges involved in maintaining such a position. States can be motivated to acquire nuclear weapons for both existential reasons and the […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    The Big Story: China-Pakistan Military Relations General Han Weiguo, the Commander of the PLA Ground Forces, was in Pakistan this week. General Han, during his visit, met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa. He visited Pakistan’s Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi. During his visit, Han lauded Pakistan army’s achievements […]
  • Jun 20, 2019
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    Iran has shot down an American UAV just days after the US blamed it for attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. What do deteriorating US-Iran relations mean for India? Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Jun 20, 2019
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    Download the report in PDF This report argues that the Indian government must consider the strategic implications of allowing Huawei to have a role in building and operating India’s 5G network infrastructure. While there exists an economic rationale for providing Chinese telecom vendors access to the Indian market, these benefits need to be weighed against […]
  • Jun 19, 2019
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Maldives is the latest move in a contest for power in the Indian Ocean region. How can India win? Manoj Kewalramani and Shibani Mehta join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 18, 2019
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    Anupam Manur and Gayatri Ganpule join Shambhavi Naik in discussing proposed policies of the prime ministerial candidates in the UK, Saudi Arabia’s Soverign-Wealth fund, the latest development by Michelin and General Motors, how shocks to the brain may improve creativity and much more topics that were featured in ‘The Economist’. Subscribe and listen to the […]
  • Jun 18, 2019
    In our monthly column on India’s foreign policy in Rajasthan Patrika, we write that India’s “neighbourhood first” policy first requires a reimagination of the neighbourhood. We propose that India should go beyond South Asia and visualise itself as part of multiple neighbourhoods. The article explores the tools India has to imagine itself as a part of multiple […]
  • Jun 17, 2019
    India has the sovereign right to use its data for the welfare of its people and the idea of free trade doesn’t necessarily justify the idea of a free flow of data, commerce and industry ministry Piyush Goyal argued in his speech last week at the G-20 trade ministers’ meeting in Japan. The minister was channelling a […]
  • Jun 17, 2019
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    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit seemed to herald new thinking on Sino-Indian relations. But will it amount to anything? Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 14, 2019
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    Despite India’s ban on genetically modified crops, hundreds of farmers in Akola are planting them anyway. Why are GMOs banned in the first place? Will India roll back the ban? Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Syrian civil war is coming to a close, and it looks like Russia – er, Assad – has won. According to the Military Balance 2019, Since 2015, 500 senior Russian officers have cycled through Syria, and nearly 39,000 flight missions have been carried out. Russia’s army has secured combat experience in informationised conditions, and […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Economist has an excellent take on the Trech War between the US and China. For one it highlights the not-so-apparent fragility of the semiconductor industry. As a complex network with nodes spread all across the world the supply chain works seamlessly at most times hiding the underlying absence of redundancy. William Shih of HBS has a beautiful analogy to describe […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The United Kingdom’s planned exit from the European Union, Brexit, keeps getting messier by the month. It led Theresa May to resign, just like David Cameron before her. It may end up making Boris Johnson the U.K.’s next prime minister, or be the cause of him facing judicial consequences. Brexit also led to the creation of […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Big Story: Artificial intelligence and PLA In 2017, China announced its plans to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030. As US and China compete to innovate in this domain, the relative trajectories of their advances will have an impact on future military balance. Currently, US is the a world leader […]
  • Jun 13, 2019
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    The mass protests against Hong Kong’s new extradition law turned violent on Wednesday. As tensions boiled over, Hong Kong police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, injuring over 70 people. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai joined Shambhavi Naik on Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the new law and the […]
  • Jun 13, 2019
    China’s military modernisation is advancing rapidly, requiring stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region to adapt with the changing realities. China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr. Fenghe’s speech was monitored closely […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
    From impeding track stars like Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand to laws restricting bathroom access and a proposal in the US for genetic determination of sex, the issue of gender identity remains mired in controversy. Can there be a sensible and humane resolution to this debate? Or does this debate represent an unwarranted imposition of […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
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    Shambhavi Naik, Pranay Kotasthane and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to discuss the latest section of the Economist. Today’s podcast includes the economics behind plant activity, the legality of certain drugs, Mohammed Salah’s contribution to dispelling Islamophobia in the UK, and more. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
    There is an acute staff shortage in India’s RAW with about 40 per cent of the posts at the level of joint secretaries, directors and deputy secretaries lying vacant. And then, it became worse nearly six months ago when more than 70 senior and mid-level RAW officials were marked for compulsory retirement by the Narendra Modi government. Of these, four were holding the joint […]
  • Jun 11, 2019
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    A recent paper by former Chief Economic Advisor of India, Arvind Subramanian made a shocking claim that India’s GDP growth between 2011-12 and 2016-17 was 4.5 per cent per year, substantially lower than the oft-quoted figure of 7 per cent. This finding serves as a reminder that not all’s well in the economic engine and […]
  • Jun 11, 2019
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    Deepening competition between the US and China over trade and technology is bringing forth a new set of economic and strategic challenges for India. Navigating these successfully requires New Delhi to mitigate and manage the threats, while leveraging the opportunities that arise. Doing so, however, requires the Indian government to undertake key reforms and adopt a […]
  • Jun 10, 2019
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    In this special episode, Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande talks about how maritime power has shaped our world, from ancient Greece to the 21st century Indo-Pacific. In conversation with Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 8, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Xi’s visit to Russia, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the US’ new Indo-Pacific Strategy, India’s growing trade ties with China and much more. I. A New Era Partnership Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
    Big Story: Do you believe in UFOs? Chinese social media was flooded on June 2, Sunday, with messages of people claiming to have spotted a UFO with a long white tail of smoke. However, the PLA Rocket Force on June 4, Tuesday, posted a photo of a missile on a mobile launcher on Weibo. The […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
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    With the recent wave of anti-abortion laws in the US, the right of a woman to bodily autonomy is being attacked. Shambhavi Naik is joined by Nidhi Gupta, Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to discuss the effects of abortion laws. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
    A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Edition 1): The DNA Bill 2018 aimed to regulate laboratories using  DNA fingerprinting technology and creation of a DNA sequence databank to expedite justice in select judicial matters. Update: The Bill lapsed with […]
  • Jun 6, 2019
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    The US has a new Indo-Pacific strategy. What does it mean for the region? What’s China’s response it? And how does it impact India? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss this topic. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 5, 2019
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    Shambhavi Naik and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to explore the latest section of the Economist and discuss the nuances of its most intriguing articles. Listen in to hear about how intestinal bacteria can reduce the symptoms of autism, the extrajudicial role of Iraqi sheikhs, female genital mutilation in the United States, the latest developments […]
  • Jun 4, 2019
    While India has tactfully used the platform to diplomatically isolate Pakistan, it must also tap into BIMSTEC’s immense potential for development, connectivity and trade in the region. Leaders of the BIMSTEC countries attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony last Thursday. This is an opportunity for India to leverage the grouping for better regional economic integration, rather […]
  • Jun 4, 2019
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    The Tiananmen Square massacre is still an extremely controversial topic in China 30 years on. What led to the mass protests at the time? How does the Chinese Government still censor it? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss the history of the event and the current ramifications. Subscribe and listen to […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    In June 2018, German police arrested a Tunisian man in Cologne for trying to build a biological weapon using the deadly toxin, ricin.1   In October 2018, researchers flagged a US agricultural program funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) as a potential mask for a bioweapons project.2 At the same time, Russia also claimed that […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    Download the doctrine here Yogakshema बलं शक्ति: | सुखं सिद्धि:| Strength is power. And well-being is the goal. (Arthashastra, 6:2-31,32) To create and defend a conducive environment for yogakshema (well-being, prosperity, and happiness) of all Indians. At this stage of India’s development, national security is primarily focused on protecting and promoting India’s economic development. a. As […]

  • Oct 16, 2019
    The big decision here is whether or not India wants to share its data with anyone under any circumstances. India recently started sharing maritime data with countries in the Indian Ocean Region. The Information Fusion Centre is actively interacting with the maritime community and has already built linkages with 18 countries and 15 multinational/maritime security […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    The hopes of a harmonious, balanced relationship between India and China post-Wuhan have not been realised. In fact, little has changed in the overall trajectory of the Indo-China bilateral relationship of limited co-operation and strategic competition. Therefore, the Mamallapuram summit will make for good optics for both Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, but it is […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping informal summit in Mamallapuram: What can Modi-Xi agree on to call their Mamallapuram meeting a success? Manoj Kewalramani, Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution, was among the discussants. Manoj argued: My expectations from the Modi-Xi summit are very low for mainly two reasons. First, […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover Xi Jinping’s arrival in India for the second informal summit; Imran Khan’s visit to China; Beijing’s announcement of major taxation reforms; the US and China heading towards a partial trade […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited China last week. Bajwa met the top military commanders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A statement by Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations said, “General Bajwa met General Han Weiguo, PLA Commander Army and General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission […]
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Regulations and Guidelines on Biosafety of Recombinant DNA Research & Biocontainment 2017 In the recent past, there have two incidents at biodefense facilities – one in the US and one in Russia. More on that in the Its All Controversial section, but it is fair to say that countries which stock or do research on pathogens need […]
  • Oct 9, 2019
    While India and China will hold the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping today and tomorrow, events over the past few weeks have dampened the prospects of forward movement on the boundary dispute. The first informal summit between Xi and Modi in Wuhan in 2018 had provided a tentative […]
  • Oct 1, 2019
    The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) received an upgrade last week when the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan, India and the US met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Quad was conceived in 2007 to address the unconventional threats in the Asia-Pacific region. But China viewed this grouping as a ganging-up of […]
  • Oct 1, 2019
    The PRC celebrated its 70th anniversary today, with much pomp and pageantry in Beijing. President Xi Jinping delivered a brief and rather underwhelming speech, emphasising the unity, development and strength of the PRC. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. Socialist China is standing in front of the world. No force can […]
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Prakash Menon talks about two very important and urgent matters and how they actually go hand in hand. Nuclear warfare and climate change. In this talk, you learn how we will find ourselves in the middle of a nuclear apocalypse if we don’t implement change now. This talk was given at a TEDx event using […]